The Michigan State Spartans lose their everything, Draymond Green this year. The leader and top scorer are gone, but the cupboard isn’t bare. The Spartans return 4 of their top 6 scorers. And they have a solid inside-outside combo in guard Keith Appling and forward Adreian Payne. The two may step up to fill State’s leadership void this season.
Payne is a big body with an impressive wingspan (I could sound like Jay Bilas, “wingspan wingspan wingspan”) who presents a matchup nightmare for any Big Ten front lines, but he has issues to work out. He needs to be a better scorer to complement his shot-blocking and rebounding. Draymond Green had a positive effect on Payne.
“Maybe I use to be too goofy, but being around Dey-Dey really matured me in not being as goofy as I used to be, and being serious when it’s time to be serious,” Payne said of Green’s influence.
Payne discussed his feelings of being comfortable in the offense.
“I think I need to focus now on what is a good shot, what is a ...